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Dispelling Myths About Shutters

April 03, 2017

We make a priority of speaking with residents about shutters in Sacramento.

And although it may be surprising, when we talk to homeowners around The Bay Area, we hear a couple of shutter myths repeated. We want to spend a few moments to expose some oft-repeated myths about plantation shutters so you’re able to make the right choice for your home when looking into new window treatments.

Myth: Shutters Are Easy to Install Yourself

Lots of home design projects can easily be done by yourself in just one afternoon. Putting in shutters probably isn’t one of them, however.

Sacramento shutter installer

Putting in new shutters can be hard from the start, as the measurements of the window dimensions need to be incredibly precise to ensure a smooth and tight fit, as well as to enable proper operation of your windows. Depending on the shutter material, from Polywood® shutters to reclaimed wood shutters, hoisting large shutter panels and installing them level may present a rough task. Unless each step of the process is done exactly right, you may end up with uneven shutters or draftiness from weather-stripping that doesn’t fit.

Myth: Shutters Will Make Houses Look Dim

Some home designers might not prefer shutters, thinking shutters will make houses look dark or dimly lit. This myth likely stems from inexperience with shutters.

Think about this: sunlight always comes through your windows at an angle. Shutters give you the ability to alter that angle by adjusting their louvers, granting you better control over amount of light that comes in. And keep in mind, shutters can still swing completely open to allow all the light you might want.

Sacramento family room with polywood shutters.

Myth: Shutters Are Too Expensive

It’s true that shutters aren’t as cheap as your run of the mill blinds from a department store. But this myth has to do with how you think about shutters. If you think about them simply as a simple decoration that isn’t expected to survive more than a few years, then yes, shutters are a little expensive. But shutters are a lasting addition to your house, and have multiple benefits: they’re energy efficient and are shown to lower heating and AC bills, they can add to your house’s appraisal value, and shutters are able to last decades, unlike blinds–which will need replacements often over time.

Myth: Shutters Make a House Look Old-Timey

Maybe the name “plantation shutters” has something to do with the myth that shutters are an “old-timey” treatment, but it certainly isn’t accurate. While shutters were frequently used in older home styles throughout the years, their crisp, clean geometry and neutral tones makes it so they fit in just as well with more fashionable, up-to-date designs. Interior shutters are the definition of versatile window treatments.

white shutters in Sacramento living room

Myth: Sunburst Shutters Sacramento Doesn’t Offer Design Consultations

Ok, that wasn’t a popular myth–just making sure you’re paying attention.

The Sunburst Shutters Sacramento team is always thrilled to come out to your home for a complimentary, no-hassle window design consultation. Just call 916-665-0078 or fill the form below to get started on learning the truth about what shutters can offer you.